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In Good Facebook News, This Woman Got Her Wallet Back After 50 Years

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 08:23:27 -0400

A woman got a message from a stranger who found her wallet — almost 50 years after it was stolen. A construction worker renovating the store where the wallet went missing got in touch via Messenger.

'Cow Clicker' Developer: Facebook's Response To Complaints Is Too Late

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 08:23:27 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Ian Bogost about data collected from Facebook-connected apps. In 2010, Bogost launched Cow Clicker, a parody game that inadvertently collected a lot of user information.

What You Need To Know About Kids' Screen Time Right Now

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 06:00:14 -0400

There's so much information — and anxiety — out there about how much time your kids should spend using devices. Here's our video guide to balancing the need for limits with the potential benefits.

Elon Musk To Facebook: Mmm ... K, Bye

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:20:50 -0400

The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla became the latest tech billionaire to join the #DeleteFacebook movement, a groundswell exodus from the social media giant.

Craigslist Shuts Down Personals Section After Congress Passes Bill On Trafficking

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:52:49 -0400

Craigslist says it made the change because of the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, which is meant to crack down on sex trafficking of children. Free speech advocates are critical of FOSTA.

Zuckerberg Breaks Silence, Promises To Protect Facebook Community

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:34:00 -0400

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted his first responses, followed by a CNN appearance, after the controversy surrounding reports that Cambridge Analytica exploited users' data without their knowledge,

Will Facebook's Cambridge Analytica Scandal Actually Cause Users To Delete The App?

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:30:00 -0400

News about how Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data has sparked the hashtag #DeleteFacebook. But past research has shown users are often apathetic about privacy settings. NPR's Michel Martin talks with University of Virginia media studies professor Siva Vaidhyanathan about whether this is a watershed moment for Facebook users.

White Skin, Black Emojis?

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0400

This week on Ask Code Switch: Is it OK for a white teenager to use emojis that don't match her skin color? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Can You Choose A Romantic Partner Just By Their Voice? A Dating App Thinks So

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 08:03:00 -0400

Waving is a Tinder-like app that lets users judge potential partners by their voice. An evolutionary psychologist provides some tips on sounding attractive.

Snapchat's Stock Sinks After Rihanna Denounces Domestic Violence Ad

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 19:40:18 -0400

The ad asked would you rather "slap Rihanna" or "punch Chris Brown." Snapchat pulled the ad, but its stock prices were still down by week's end.

Follow-Up: Did The Computerless Computer Teacher Ever Get A Computer?

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 07:01:00 -0400

The story of the middle school teacher without a computer prompted an outpouring of support. But did he get any laptops?

Robots Are Now 'Creating New Robots,' Tech Reporter Says

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:18:34 -0400

The evolution of artificial intelligence has exploded over the past five years, leading to computers that can drive and talk. New York Times' Cade Metz explains how machines are learning on their own.

An Ode To Insignificance: Buttons, Touchscreens, And Other Dangerous Technologies

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:43:00 -0400

The most successful technologies are so seductive, user-friendly, and so apparently innocuous that we hardly notice them entering our lives, says Jimena Canales. One such technology? The pushbutton.

What Research Says About Video Games And Violence In Children

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 16:22:00 -0500

President Trump held a roundtable at the White House Thursday to discuss violent video games and how they relate to school shootings. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Douglas Gentile, psychology professor at Iowa State University, about what research tells us about video games and violence in children.

FBI Used Paid Informants On Best Buy's Geek Squad To Flag Child Pornography

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 18:06:14 -0500

The Electronic Frontier Foundation says federal agents may be using the computer repair technicians to circumvent Fourth Amendment protections against warrantless searches.